DETROIT , MI - JANUARY 16: Jim Schwartz head coach of the Detroit Lions talks during a press conference after being introduced on January 16, 2009 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
New England Patriots head coach likes to keep the red challenge flag stuffed deep down into his sock.
He once explained that he likes it there because it eliminates the possibility of it falling out accidently and costing his team a time out. But, as we have seen these last few days, it also makes it a lot harder to quickly pull it out and throw it in a fit of emotion.
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz and Belichick go way back. Schwartz got his start in the NFL, doing research for Belichick when Bill was head coach of the Cleveland Browns in the mid-90s.
Ever the detail man, Belichick will tell you and the players alike, that it's these little, little details that can make or break you.
The stupid red challenge flag rule rears it's ugly head for the 2nd time in 4 days on Thanksgiving, when Schwartz, in a fit of anger and emotion, challenged an automatically reviewable scoring play. He knew the rules, but his anger got the best of him.
The sock-flag strategy could've helped Schwartz. By the time he bends over and digs that flag out of his sock, the referees probably would've already started the review of the play.
Details, my friend. The devil is in the details.